The Minority-Owned Business
Development Agency Grant

Access to services that will help train, improve,
promote, and grow your manufacturing business.


What is the MBDA Manufacturing Center at UConn?

CONNSTEP, your Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) representative in Connecticut, along with other regional MEP’s and the CT Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC), is joining forces to support the MBDA Manufacturing Center at the University of Connecticut (UConn) and Minority-Owned Business Enterprises (MBE).

This collaborative effort involves providing referrals and advisory support to minority-owned companies to help improve and expand their manufacturing businesses.

Who is Eligible?

MBE’s with a NAICS code 31-33 are eligible for free services that include:

  • Assessment of Business Practices
  • Training Focused on Areas of Client Interest
  • Technical, Financial, and Business Consulting
  • And much more!

Definition and Certification of MBE in Manufacturing

A Minority-Owned Business Enterprise is defined as a business that is owned or controlled (greater than 50%) by the following person(s) or groups of persons that are also U.S. citizens or resident aliens admitted lawfully to the United States:

  • African Americans
  • Hispanic Americans
  • Asian and Pacific Islander Americans
  • Native Americans (including, Alaska Natives, Alaska Native Corporations, and Tribal entities)
  • Asian Indians
  • Hasidic Jews

See 15 C.F.R. 1400.1.

Getting Started

Complete and submit the form below to initiate access to services that will improve, help train, promote, and grow YOUR manufacturing business.



* MBDA does not provide loans or grants to start or expand your business. The grants MBDA does provide are to organizations that operate MBDA’s Minority Business Centers throughout the United States. These organizations provide business consulting, procurement matching and financial assistance to minority-owned firms.